Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

Workshop Description:

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is the combination of research and partnership building when assessing a community priority. Partnerships are diverse, often including individuals from specific communities, organizations, academic institutions, and/or coalitions. The CBPR approach strives for shared decision-making and involvement of partners and community members during all phases of the process. This workshop will introduce CBPR, its principles, critical points in partnership development, and aspects to consider throughout the research and partnership processes. This workshop is for anyone interested in conducting research and assessment with communities. The session will incorporate tips and strategies for organizations implementing and evaluating community programs.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand CBPR within the scope of community-engaged research
  2. Identify where community participation occurs in the research and evaluation process
  3. Provide strategies for partner engagement and partnership development

Featured Speakers:

Jason Flatt, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, School of Public Health
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Jason D. Flatt, PhD, MPH (Pronouns: He/Him/They/Them) is an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Health. Jason’s $5+ million-funded NIH research portfolio works to better understand health concerns and needs of diverse sexual and gender minorities or LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and additional identities) people living with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and their caregivers and care providers. Learn more about Jason’s research at

Leana Ramirez, PharmD, AAHIVP, CSP

Chief Clinical Office
The Center

Dr. Leana Ramirez, PharmD, AAHIVP, CSP, has dedicated over ten years to healthcare excellence and advocacy, impacting the lives of those within marginalized communities. As the Chief Clinical Officer at The LGBTQ+ Center of Southern Nevada, Dr. Ramirez is at the vanguard of HIV prevention and personalized patient care. Her work, which bridges healthcare policy and direct patient interaction, underscores her commitment to groundbreaking healthcare delivery.

Her leadership tenure includes notable positions on the Silver State Scripts Board, Co-Chair of the Southern Nevada HIV Prevention Planning Group, and chairperson of the LGBTQIA+ Steering Committee for the Nevada Minority Health and Equity Coalition. Through these platforms, Dr. Ramirez spearheads initiatives that foster dialogue and collaboration across agencies and communities.

Dr. Ramirez’s expertise is reflected in past roles with EquiScript, Optum Specialty Pharmacy, and Avella Specialty Pharmacy, where she demonstrated excellence in clinical operations and business development and received recognitions such as Clinical Pharmacist of the Year and Retail Pharmacist of the Year, affirming her excellence in patient care.

Moreover, Dr. Ramirez is a fervent educator and mentor. She partners with Roseman University and Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican campus molding pharmacy students and residents into skilled practitioners with a robust focus on HIV care.

Dr. Ramirez has called the vibrant city of Las Vegas home for over 19 years. She shares a deeply cherished bond with her husband of 25 years and finds immense joy in the companionship of her two beloved dogs.